Users who are looking for a lightweight yoga towel to prevent slipping during intense yoga routines should consider the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel. The mat-size towels feature small silicon nubs that adhere securely to the top of any yoga mat; they absorb sweat to prevent slipping.
Lightweight for easy transit. Yoga towels are often used as an accessory to traditional yoga mats to help provide extra traction and absorb sweat, but they can also be used alone when needed. At just 1.25 pounds, the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel is far lighter than most yoga mats. Those who are looking for a lighter option to carry in a gym bag may consider using the towel alone when in a pinch or with a communal mat as the additional layer offers a bit more germ protection.
Adds longevity. The Yogitoes towel measures 24 inches by 68 inches (a larger version is also available) and is mainly composed of polyester with some nylon microfiber. Reviewers note that the additional layer helps increase the durability and longevity of yoga mats, particularly important for yoga styles that are tough on mats, such as Ashtanga. The Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel is machine washable, but reviewers caution that the darker colors continue to bleed even after several cycles.
Slip-free yoga. Users report increased stability with the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel, and they are pleased that it doesn't bunch or move while on the mat. Reviewers say the towel provides a great nonslip surface, but some contend it isn't truly nonslip until damp. As a result, some users mist it with water before beginning their routine.
Nearly 600 owners give the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel high ratings at Amazon.com. Users say the towel helps prevent slipping, which allows them to feel sturdier and hold poses longer. However, several reviewers note that the towel bleeds easily in the washing machine.
Review: Yogitoes Skidless Premium Mat-Size Yoga Towel, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
2. Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog
The editor of the Om Shanti yoga blog gives the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel an overall grade of A-minus. "The Skidless is a practically must-have if you do any form of vigorous yoga, such as Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Bikram, etc.," he writes. However, he notes that it is not as slip-free when dry.
Review: Yoga Product Review: Skidless By Yogitoes, "Eugene", July 16, 2007
3. The New York Times
New York Times gear tester Winter Miller likes how well the silicone nubs on the Yogitoes towel stick to her yoga mat, but she finds that it doesn't absorb as much sweat as other yoga towels she's used.
Review: Gear Test, Hot Yoga Clothes, Winter Miller, Sept. 2, 2009
Su Reid-St. John, the fitness editor for Health magazine, is impressed with how stable she feels while using the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel, especially when her hands get sweaty. She calls it "indispensable" for hot yoga, but notes that it is expensive and you still have to buy or rent a separate yoga mat.
Review: Gear Guide: Yogitoes Skidless Yoga Towel, Su Reid-St. John, Oct. 6, 2010
Ann Pizer, About.com's guide to yoga, gives the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel a 4-star rating (out of 5). She discusses the benefits of the yoga towel but gives little information on usability. Pizer also notes that, in addition to its nonslip properties, the towel will help keep your mat clean.
Review: Yogitoes Skidless Towel, Ann Pizer, Sept. 16, 2012
The Yogitoes towel also receives high marks in more than 30 user reviews compiled by Buzzillions.com. Users say the towel helps prevent slipping, and most find it a comfortable and sturdy addition to their yoga practice. The biggest complaint mentioned in reviews is that the towel bleeds easily in the wash.
Review: Yogitoes Yoga Skidless Towel, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of June 2013
7. American Router Magazine
The American Council on Exercise reviews several yoga mats in brief single-product reviews. While the reviews do not go into incredible detail, the analysis is relatively balanced, and editors list what they like and dislike about each mat. Each product is rated on a 5-point scale. The Yogitoes Skidless Premium Towel earns a 4-star rating.
Review: Yoga and Pilates, Editors of the American Council on Exercise, As of June 2013